Orange is the New Black’s Lea Delaria to Be Puerto Vallarta’ “Vallarta Pride 2015 Grand Marshall

Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will have a number of new initiatives this year, including an Andre Christian fashion show, an International Film Festival Screening and the participation of Lea DeLaria as Grand Marshal.

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The eight-day event will take place from May 17 to 24, 2015 and participants will also see returning favorites such as the Drag Derby, the Sunset Commitment Ceremony and the Vallarta Parade.

Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s most popular beach destination for the LGBT community and the only beach destination with a gayborhood in its Zona Romantica, home to many businesses that are LGBT-owned and/or target the consumer, including beaches, tours, activities and restaurants bars and clubs to choose from. LGBT travelers have the option of choosing from gay friendly resorts, hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts and guest houses. http://vallartapride.com/

This year, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will be hosting a sweepstakes where consumers will have a chance to win stays in Puerto Vallarta with hotel accommodations provided by Casa Cupula, Costa Sur Resort and Spa, Grand Miramar Hotel, Luna Liquida, Marriott CasaMagna and Villa Mercedes. Winners will also have the opportunity to have special dinners at Café des Artists or Sapphire Ocean Club and take Vallarta’s Gay Bar Hopping Tour. Puerto Vallarta’s Vallarta Adventures is the partnership’s and will provide access to its various activities, including the longest zipline in Mexico, the magical beach destinations of Vallarta’s South and the colonial town of the Sierra Madre.   To register, visit:http://visitpuertovallarta.com/win-a-trip/gay-travel/

Gay-friendly Hotel Accommodations

Puerto Vallarta is home to an array of gay lodging possibilities including TAG gay friendly resorts, hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, and guest houses, some are even gay-owned.  The following are a list of some of the hotels proactively promoting the LGBT traveler.

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (Marina) is, this year the sponsor of the International LGBT Business Expo. Along the coastline, the luxury resort offers all the amenities for a perfect vacation: fitness center, Indoor and Outdoor pools, and the most spacious spa in Puerto Vallarta. Gay travelers can enjoy savory moments in one of the four world-class restaurants of the resort or can easily access to the golf courses. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pvrmx-casamagna-marriott-puerto-vallarta-resort-and-spa/

Casa Cupula Gay Hotel Boutique Guesthouse (Southside/Amapas) – Branded as a luxury boutique hotel for gay men, lesbians and friends. This location combines the intimate service of a B & B, the fine décor of a boutique hotel and the comfortable ambience of a guesthouse. Amenities include gourmet food, cocktails, two pools, a gym and in-room massages.

www.casacupula.com

Costa Sur (South) with more than 30 years in existence it was one of the first hotels built in the South Shore of Puerto Vallarta, overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches on the bay. The building has a very Mexican feel to it, with strong, thick walls and spacious bedrooms all of which have mesmerizing views of Banderas Bay. One of the most unique features in Costa Sur is our private beach which has become popular for gay weddings.

www.costasurpuertovallarta.com

Villa Mercedes (Zona Romanctica) — The property has a total of 16 lodging options ranging from studio rooms, Jr. suites, Master Suites, and penthouses. Art and Mexican crafts mixed with contemporary eclectic define most of the carefully decorated spaces with murals by artist Ana Rifa, Zapoteco textiles, vintage cement tile mosaics, and original historic architecture. www.hotelvillamercedes.com

Luna Liquida — Art, music, fine cuisine, romance … Luna Líquida features 5 villas in Puerto Vallarta, offering an atmosphere of comfort and inspiration framed by a collection of handmade motives carefully selected to give a unique concept “Inspiration & Leisure”, Luna Líquida Boutique Hotel is located just a few steps from one of the best beaches in Mexico, the traditional Malecon (Boardwalk), the tourist area and other renowned attractions in Puerto Vallarta. www.lunaliquida.mx/en

Gay-Friendly Activities

Vallarta Adventure – Vallarta Adventures is Puerto Vallarta’s premier tour and activity operator. It offers a wide selection of adventure-based tours and excursions with things to do for people of all ages – from zip lines to swimming with dolphins, whale watching to snorkeling, scuba diving to an award winning dinner show. www.vallarta-adventures.com/

Food Tours – A 3-hour food tasting and walking tours offers a local’s view into Puerto Vallarta’s culture through its delicious and intricate cuisine, rich history and stunning architecture. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, Vallarta Food Tours invites patrons to experience off-the-beaten path eateries and their colorful owners and staff, taco stands and regional delicacies.

Gay Bar-Hopping Tour – For more than 3 years, this tour proposes to experiment a unique adventure. The friendly and professional gay staff organizes a guided immersion in gay Puerto Vallarta’s nightclubs, a wonderful experience to meet people all over the world and to keep great memories of Mexican nightlife. www.gayvallartabarhopping.com

GO GAY! El Tuito Escape has a variety of activities dedicated to adrenalin junkies. Several tours are proposed to gay and their friends as zip line in the jungle, horseback adventures, whale watching cruises, private sailboat charters, snorkeling among wild dolphins or in Marietas Islands and private escapes on luxury yatch charters.

www.gogaypuertovallarta.com/gogayadventures.html#.UzIEHahdVb5

Diana’s Tour – Diana DeCoste is working successfully for 14th years in Puerto Vallarta with her famous gay and lesbian cruises. The tickets are sold rapidly, it’s recommended to book it in advance. www.dianastours.com/

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